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Pentagon to send 4,000 additional US forces to Afghanistan: Report

About 8,400 US troops are currently there, training, Afghan troops in their fight against Taliban

ANI  |  Washington D C 

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The Pentagon plans to send almost 4,000 additional United States troops to Afghanistan, according to reports.

The decision to deploy additional troops, some for training and advising forces and other for counter-missions, could be announced as soon as next week.

The administration has been considering sending additional troops for some time.

About 8,400 troops are currently in on a dual mission of training, advising and assisting troops in their fight against the and conducting counter-missions against groups such as the al-Qaeda and the ISIS.

Meanwhile, has given Secretary of Defense James Mattis full authority to set troop levels in

Before the Senate Appropriations Committee on Wednesday, Mattis lauded the decision as a way to make managing the war effort more efficient. "This assures the department can facilitate our missions and nimbly align our commitment to the situation on the ground," he said.

This comes in the backdrop of attacks in Kabul during May this year alone that have killed over 100 people.

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